Monthly Archives: September 2005

It’s that time of the year again — Banned Books Week. I’m not a fan of the banning or censoring of books — I’m sure that’ll come as a huge surprise to many of you (most likely not).

I was surprised to read that book burnings STILL take place today. Whenever I see people burning books, I shudder.

Here are the 100 most challenged books for 1990-2000. I’ve bolded those I’ve encountered:

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

34 out of 100. How many have you read?

I suppose I could somewhat understand some of the choices on the list, but there are some big surprises — How to Eat Fried Worms? Where’s Waldo?! What could possibly be subversive in those?

Of couse a few of my favorite authors are on the list — Judy Blume and Katherine Patterson were voices I read as I grew up. Are you there God, it’s me Margaret was fairly pivotal for me when I was around 11. I still have my old Katherine Patterson books on my shelves.

Hurray! I can stay in Canada, after all.

With two whole days to spare (before my current visa expires), I’ve got my extension to stay until August 2006. Here’s hoping that by that time I’ll be a permanent resident!

And now for some news of the religiously weird:

Did you know that Pat Robertson can leg-press 2000 pounds! How does he do it?

Where does Pat find the time and energy to host a daily, national TV show, head a world-wide ministry, develop visionary scholars, while traveling the globe as a statesman?

One of Pat’s secrets to keeping his energy high and his vitality soaring is his age-defying protein shake. Pat developed a delicious, refreshing shake, filled with energy-producing nutrients.

Discover what kinds of natural ingredients make up Pat’s protein shake by registering for your FREE booklet today!

There’s also recipes for age-defying pancakes, a weight loss cookbook, and different plugs for the South Beach diet and GNC health stores

I suppose the old adage “truth is stranger than fiction” really can be true sometimes!

There are two distinct smells in the Engineering Building on campus:

Those who do not bathe, and those who do — in cheap cologne, not water.

It’s quite the bouquet.

When feminism was good for business, 2


When feminism was good for business, 2
Originally uploaded by culturecat.

Hey does anyone in town have a vacuum cleaner we could borrow for a day? We’re vacuum-less, and need one to do a quick sweep in our old apartment in order to get our damage deposit back.

Anyone? Volunteers get an ice cream (or caffeinated beverage) of their choice.

I’m awake, now.

Perusing my usual blogs this morning, I came across Marc’s post from last night:

Many people deny that legalized gay marriage is the beginning of a “slippery slope” (a taboo term these days) for the institution of marriage. I couldn’t tell you definitively whether or not this is the case, but I can say that the latest news from The Netherlands and Belgium doesn’t come as a surprise. From the Brussels Journal:


…in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.

[EDIT: the following rant of mine is directed at the people who originally posted a link to this story, with the intention of showing how Canada is on a slippery slope to destruction because we’re allowing all citizens the rights accorded in a marital relationship]

Of course, a story like that came from here — one of the most hateful blogs you can think of, and proof positive why I’ll never go (that) conservative in my belief processes again. This particular Saskatchewan blog is full of caustic sentiments against homosexuals, First Nations peoples, or anyone else who disagrees with them on an issue. I usually go to that site every once in a while just to raise my blood pressure. (my “favorite” quote is from this Spring, regarding a virus outbreak in Angola: “Is there a point where we are allowed to stop feeling sympathy for these people, seal off the borders and just let nature take its course?link)

But back to the linked article above — I really hate these “slippery slope” types of arguments, especially when it comes to allowing equal rights to all people groups. My favorite argument against gay marriage has to be that once it’s legalized, people will want to (and will therefore have license to) marry animals. Now there’s an argument that is more revealing than it initially lets on — for a person to make that type of assertion signals to me their true opinions on gay people, equating them to something subhuman and therefore necessary to legislate against.

I have a really hard time with this issue, and how people can so blithely deny others from the rights that we all take for granted. I know that alot of the hate comes from ignorance, and that if many of these dissenters were to actually have a friendship with someone that was gay, they’d (hopefully) change their mind.

Rant off. For now.